Us – October Helmar Sketch Challenge entry

Gotta love Crate Paper! Their new Farmhouse collection was just perfect for my take on the October Helmar challenge sketch. 😀 Taten’s favorite colors are orange and green and in this photo, he’s wearing this floppy, tye-dye hat that he adored at the time (but thinks it’s silly now) that was also orange and green. One of the papers in this line features these fabulous little leaves that I fussy cut and used ink and a fountain pen to bring out the veins on some of the leaves. I then applied the 2 step crackle. Once dry, I then inked the edges and surface to bring out the crackle affect. I was inspired by the leaves Tracy stamped and crackled on a Ustream class a couple of weeks ago for a frame. 😀 I then curled them a bit by hand and applied them to my page along hand doodled vines.

Here’s my take on the fab sketch by Lydell Quin:


Crate Paper Farmhouse papers
CP Farmhouse Brad
CP Farmhouse Buttons
CP Farmhouse diecut
CP Farmhouse sticker
7 Gypsies clip
Pink Paislee Wood Alphas
Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
flowers and tickets from Paper Secrets


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar 2 Step Crackle

To play along with Helmar’s October Sketch Challenge (entries are due Oct 31, 2011), CLICK HERE.


Layout and a Card – Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss

About a month ago or so I won some of Bo Bunny’s new Barefoot and Bliss papers and their layered chipboard embellies. We’ve never taken the kids to the beach and I don’t have a single beach photo. However on the day we gave Christian his first sponge bath at home, he happened to be wearing a little romper that said “Beach Bum” on it and the colors seemed fairly appropriate, so I decided to use the BB for this layout. There was even a page that reminded me of bubbles, so I fussy cut and punched out some of the circles.

This layout is an example for the Paper Secrets July Sketch challenge. I rotated the sketch to better suit what I had in mind and here’s what I came up with:


Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss 12×12 cardstock papers
BB Barefoot and Bliss layered chipboard stickers
Pink Paislee alpha stickers


Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar ZapDots

Then I used the scraps to create a card for my example for the PS July Card Sketch with a twist (the twist is that you must use a border punch). Here’s my take on the sketch:


BB Barefoot and Bliss 12×12 cardstock papers
Twine from the Twinery


Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry


Martha Stewart doily lace punch


Halloween – Sketchy Thursdays and Kraft It Up challenge entry

This is the layout I created for 2 different challenges. It is based on this week’s sketch on Sketchy Thursdays and also the color challenge on Kraft It Up. TFL! 😀


Kraft cardstock base
Pink Paislee Hocus Pocus paper
Webster’s Pages 6×6 diecut paper
Pink Paislee Ambrose Alphas in Licorice
Cosmo Cricket trim
PP Hocus Pocus glitter alphas
Pebbles, Inc. black scrapbook paint
Tattered Angels glimmer mist


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Scotch Quick Dry Liquid

If you’d like to take a look at the sketch I used for this layout or if you’d like to enter the challenge (ends this Wed, Feb. 23rd at 10pm EST), CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to enter the color challenge on Kraft It Up!, CLICK HERE.